Andrew Fletcher, the keyboard player and founding member of pioneering British electronic band Depeche Mode, died at the age of 60.
“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate, Andy “Fletch” Fletcher,” the band announced on social media.
“Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint,” the band further said.
Fletcher had been with the band since it was founded in Basildon in 1980 and throughout its four-decade history, becoming one of the biggest and most influential groups of the 1980s and 1990s.
Depeche Mode released their debut album “Speak & Spell” in 1981 and went on to create 14 top ten studio albums in the United Kingdom, including “Songs of Faith and Devotion” in 1993 and “Ultra” in 1997.
The band’s hit songs include, “Enjoy The Silence,” “Personal Jesus,” and “Just Can’t Get Enough.”
Depeche Mode was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.
Fletcher is survived by his wife Grainne and their children Megan and Joe.
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